As an integral part of PS Engineering’s continuing efforts to improve cockpit audio management, the company is announcing the new PMA8000BTi audio selector panel, a version of the very popular PMA800BT that includes IntelliAudio® spatial audio technology. Shipments of these units begin February 1st, 2016.
IntelliAudio® is technology that PS Engineering, Inc. has licensed from and patented by the United States Air Force Laboratory. When activated, the IntelliAudio® application places the Com 1 audio signals at the relative 10 o’clock position and COM 2 audio signals at 2 o’clock relative position to the flight crew. This allows the pilot to take advantage of the Multi-talker or cocktail party effect, where the brain automatically interprets and differentiates conversations at different locations for reduced listening effort and greater comprehension.
“When we introduced IntelliAudio® two years ago, we were amazed at the reaction from the pilots when they heard IntelliAudio® for the first time,” says company founder and CEO, Mark Scheuer. “From air shows to flight PIREPS, pilots love it. So we decided to add it to our flagship audio panel. What’s more, we didn’t raise the price, only the bar!”
The PMA8000BTi carries the same list price as the PMA8000BT, $2,095.00, and includes all of the features. Bluetooth® telephone and music connectivity, patented IntelliVox® automatic VOX intercom, Alternate Intercom Function (AIF), digital aircraft radio playback, Swap Mode™, a front panel utility jack, marker beacon receiver/indicator, and multiple music muting modes.
IntelliAudio® can be easily switched on or off from the front panel, “but I never turn mine off,” reports Mark Scheuer.
The PMA8000BTi is a plug-and-play replacement for the popular PMA8000-series audio panels, as well as the GARMIN GMA340*, which makes upgrading and getting the IntelliAudio easy. Full-rate deliveries will start in early February through authorized PS Engineering dealers. For more information, visit www.ps-engineering.com
Founded in 1985, PS Engineering has become a leading manufacturer of general aviation intercoms and audio control systems. The company’s sole corporate focus is excellence in the design and manufacture of audio control systems for General Aviation Aircraft. PS Engineering is credited for many innovations in the field, including IntelliVox®, Softmute™, Karaoke Mode™, Split mode™, Swap Mode™, and the IRS™(Internal Recording System). With a network of over 600 authorized dealer/installers worldwide, the company is a leader in retrofit avionics as well as a supplier to other major avionics manufacturers for their audio panel requirements.
*GARMIN and GMA340 are trademarks of GARMIN, LTD. PS Engineering, Inc. is in no way affiliated with GARMIN, LTD.